Realising dreams with the Pro-DR Roadshow
By Jude Toyat
Following the success of the Sarawak Career and Training Fair (SCaT Fair) held in Kuching recently, Sarawak Bumiputera Technical Education Promotion Charitable Trust (Tegas) and the Workforce Development Unit (WDU) in Chief Minister’s Department continued to play their role in Sarawak’s development, especially among the younger generation with their Project of Dreams Realized (Pro-DR) Roadshow.
Initiated in 2015, the Pro-DR Roadshow is continuing its second edition this year from March 14-31 due to the public’s overwhelming response to the programme.
“The main purpose of organising this roadshow is to provide opportunities for school leavers in the rural areas to get the latest information on training, education and other related assistance. At the same time, they can also register with the higher learning institutions on the spot if they are interested,” said Assistant Minister of Welfare Services and Tegas deputy president Datuk Peter Nansian Ngusie.
Apart from that, the Pro-DR Roadshow this year will also feature the ‘Psychometric Test’ by Sarawak Counseling Teachers Association.
“Through this test, school leavers can identify their interests and tendencies of each and every one of them before they decide on a course that they will take in the near future.
“It also helps them to choose the right courses and institutions based on their passions yet suits with the job opportunities in the current market,” he explained.
He pointed out that usually such exhibition and promotion were held in one venue, but the promotional activity travelling from one city to another for two weeks will only be carried out by Tegas and WDU.
Nansian officiated the takeoff ceremony for the Pro-DR Roadshow held at the old State Legislative Assembly Building on March 14.
From Kuching, the roadshow will go on to Hotel Sri Simanggang in Sri Aman (March 15), SMK Augustine in Betong (March 16), Dewan Masyarakat in Saratok (March 17), SMK St Anthony in Sarikei (March 19), RH Hotel in Sibu (March 20), Medan Mall in Mukah (March 22), Hotel Promenade in Bintulu (March 24), Bintang Megamall in Miri (March 26), Hotel Purnama in Limbang (March 28), and will end at Hotel Seri Malaysia in Lawas on March 30 with the education and training exhibition to commence from 10am to 3pm at the venues, before they depart to Kuching the next day.
On the methods of reaching out to the school leavers, Nansian said “We will call the villagers from longhouses around the area through various means that include the announcement made by the village chief and schools.
“There are more than 5, 000 villages throughout the state and we are trying our best to reach out to them as much as we can especially with the help from district offices. That is the easiest and fastest way to reach out to people in the rural areas.”
This year witnessed an increase from 30 educational and training institutions that took part in the roadshow last year to 40. Among the institutions are Yayasan Sarawak, the National Higher Education Fund (PTPTN), and Yayasan Peneraju Pendidikan Bumiputera (Yayasan Peneraju) to offer advice and assist students in registering in their preferred education and training institutions.
“I hope that the youths and school leavers in rural areas throughout Sarawak will not miss this golden opportunity as this is the best time for them to change and improve their quality of life as well as to achieve their ambitions.
“Do not take your future lightly. I believe many school leavers in the rural areas are of great potential and Sarawak requires every efforts to become an advanced and high-income state,” he added.
Apart from working together to raise awareness on the importance of education throughout Sarawak, Tegas and WDU has also been working closely in organising events that empower youth with skills including the just concluded SCaT Fair, Sarawak Fashion Awards and Youth Got Skills.
Also attending the takeoff ceremony were Tegas chief operating officer Awangku Merali Pengiran Mohamed and Balai Ringin assemblyman who is also Tegas treasurer Snowdan Lawan.
School leavers keen to visit the fair are required to bring along their SPM or STPM results and other related certificates. To know more about the Pro-DR Roadshow, contact them at 082-446623 or visit www.facebook.com/tegastf and www.tegas.gov.my.